This is what a gentleman should wear to bed

From the softest of slippers to a sumptuous silk dressing gown, this is what you need in your nightwear wardrobe this winter

Forget your solid gold Rolex. Forget your low-slung custom supercar. Forget your Monaco-moored megayacht – for pyjamas are the true measure of a man.

And we’re not talking an old festival t-shirt here; we mean the full kit and caboodle. Matching pyjamas, dressing gown, slippers. Only the riff raff and rabble don’t button up proper pyjamas before bedtime — so before you shuffle under your sheets for yet another night in the same baggy boxers, take a look at what you should be wearing.

Classic pyjama sets are a bedroom must

Let’s start with the classics. The two-piece, button up pyjama suit is an icon; a symbol of class and tradition the world over. So why aren’t you wearing a pair? They may seem a little fuddy-duddy to you, but these days you can find them in a whole host of patterns and fabrics. These aren’t pyjamas for your grandad anymore.

This is what a gentleman should wear to bed

Sir Plus Liberty Tiger Print Shirt

£80

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Turnbull & Asser Silk Pyjama Set

£595

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Old Etonian Pyjama Set

£275

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From Sir Plus, these Cuban-collared pyjamas come in a bold tiger print, roaring style into your bedroom. Turnbull & Asser are leading the silky charge, with their decadent set in a deep wine colour. And New & Lingwood, masters of nightwear — just take a look at their dressing gowns below — have channelled the preppy look with their Old Etonian cotton set.

We’ll give you a dressing down if you don’t have a dressing gown

You heard us. If your bedroom door doesn’t have a signature dressing gown hanging from the back of it, you’re doing nightwear wrong. And it doesn’t have to be anything flashy — although that obviously helps. You just need something to shrug on when you slide out of bed and drift over to your coffee machine. It’s comfy, it’s modest and it should be part of your morning routine.

This is what a gentleman should wear to bed

Oliver Spencer Organic Cotton Robe

£240

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New & Lingwood Stalking Leopard Velvet Robe

£2500

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Frescobol Carioca Linen Robe

£240

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And it really needn’t be quiet. Just take New & Lingwood’s Stalking Leopard dressing gown. It’s the height of opulence, considerably more ostentatious than it needs to be — and that’s why we love it. For something a little more toned down, consider Oliver Spencer or Frescobol Carioca’s lightweight options, in cotton and linen, respectively.

Never undersell underwear as an option

We know we chastised you for throwing on a tatty festival t-shirt above, but get some underwear specifically for sleeping in and you can’t go far wrong. Opt for lightweight boxer shorts and a breathable t-shirt, and this is a modern, summery spin on the classic pyjama two-piece set.

This is what a gentleman should wear to bed

Lapis and Navy Butcher Patchwork Linen

£60

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Marks & Spencer David Gandy Pyjama Top

£22.50

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Sunspel Striped Cotton Boxer Shorts

£35

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With boxers, keep things simple. This might be Sunspel’s striped cotton boxer shorts, made from breathable cotton and an elasticated waistband that won’t pinch or budge — or it could be Emma Willis’ striking shorts, crafted from a patchwork of Lapis and Navy Butcher linen. Whatever pants you plump for, pair them with a classic pyjama t-shirt — designed by Gentleman’s Journal cover star David Gandy for M&S.

Give yourself the slipper

Like your dressing gown above, the slipper is a Sunday staple. It’s part of your lazy morning routine, where you shuffle out from under the sheets, slip them on and wander about making an involved breakfast and savouring it because you have the time to. Comfy, practical and style statements of their own, every man should own a signature pair of slippers.

This is what a gentleman should wear to bed

Crockett & Jones Ritz Black Calf Slippers

£140

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Loro Piana Cashmere-Lined Slippers

£450

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Church’s Arran 03 Slippers

£145

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And they can be as simple as you like. From Crockett & Jones, this Ritz pair in black calf leather are unbelievably soft. Loro Piana’s offering, lined with soft, warming cashmere, are cosier than a warm winter evening in, too. And Church’s Arran 03 slippers are backless for easy and quilted for comfort.

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